Matt Hancock has played down claims that the UK will have herd immunity against coronavirus by next week and vowed that the government will stick to its reopening roadmap.

Modelling by University College London (UCL) said that the proportion of the population with protection against coronavirus, either through being vaccinated or having previously contracted the disease, will hit 73.4 per cent on Monday, enough to create herd immunity.

The modelling is more optimistic than other work. For example, antibody testing by the Office for National Statistics published last week suggested that in the week ending March 14 about 54 per cent of people in England had antibodies to the virus. Since then, a further 7.1 million people have received the first dose of a vaccine,

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